The Great Descent

Aquaterra Adventures has been to a great extent, responsible for opening more rivers to river running today, made possible by several path breaking trips on rivers like the Tons, Sutlej, Brahmaputra, Kali, Lohit and Zanskar river to name a few. Since our inception in 1995, we are proud to look back over the years and the unprecedented range of trips that we have built up, being the only outfit to truly offer the entire breadth of the Indian Himalayas in an exciting array of adventure travel.
  1. Celebrating a decade of offering the most varied range of adventure travel in India, Aquaterra Adventures completed the second raft descent in 19 years of the Tons river, in May 2005, it was also the first Indian descent. Running a continuous 120 km Class 4+ section of the Upper, Middle and Lower Tons, a full crew of 2 rafts, 2 catarafts and 2 kayaks completed this amazing journey. 

  2. Our third edition of the Brahmaputra establishes us as a leader in river running and multi-day travel. 2005 trips include two first descents - more on them soon.

  3. A trip to open the Sutlej river ran for the first time as a fixed departure expedition, in February 2004, and is now a regular feature.

  4. We ran the first complete descent o the Lohit River in Dec 2003, with an international team of Indian, Canadian and British paddlers. This river had never been run in its entirety. The trip comprised the likes of our river guides, Anvesh and Rana, Paul Skinny Jones, Lara Tipper, Pete Caterall, Jeff Boyd, Vicky Barlow, Rob Litherland, Bryan Smith, Tod Gourley and Mark Heard. We made this possible.

  5. We ran our second edition of the Upper Brahmaputra river in Arunachal Pradesh in Nov - Dec 2003. An entire crew of 31 made this expedition a huge success. Leading paddling explorer, and legendary whitewater guru Peter Knowles led a 15 person crew out from the UK. They chose us to be with on the Brahmaputra.

  6. We made the first Indian descent on the hardest section on the Tons river (Khunigad - Tiuni) in April 2003.

  7. We followed it up by running the first fixed departure expedition on the Lower Tons, an exciting 75 km journey down this Class 4 section of the medium volume Lower Tons river.

  8. In 2002, we opened the wild Brahmaputra river to anybody who cared to join - with the biggest rafting expedition (total strength 55 persons) as well as the first open fixed departure on the Upper Brahmaputra, conceived and run entirely by Aquaterra Adventures. And in style too, with the big names in adventure, expedition running, publishing, equipment, journalism, photography all adding to the salad bowl.

    "Paddler Magazine", world's No. 1 Kayaking and rafting magazine, chose to co-sponsor "The Great Brahmaputra Descent" (See `News" on this site as well for the cover page story)

    "Hyside", world's leading manufacturer of rafts, donated a cataraft to us as support for an outstanding effort. 'Adidas and Salomon' provided apparel.

    This was the first time the entire river run was filmed successfully, to be made into a 52 minute documentary for international distribution. Aquaterra Adventures was entrusted to carry very expensive film equipment safely down a big volume, Class 4+ run, and we delivered like no one else before.

    This path breaking effort is being covered extensively by the big names in print - 'Paddler", ` ABENTEUER und REISEN', `New York Times', `Action Asia', `India Today Plus', `Outlook Traveller', `Holiday Asia', `Economic Times' besides several others.

  9. Our river guides were part of first descents on the Lohit, Subansari, first commercial exploratory on the Spiti river. Each year, many of our expeditions on the Bhagirathi, Kali, Alaknanda, and Zanskar rivers bring people closer to the outdoors.

  10. Our river Camps on the Ganga and Tons rivers offer 10 months of camping, river running, kayaking, rock climbing, abseiling and allied activities. Thousands of people have undergone the Aquaterra Adventures experience, and reveled in it.
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